The Princeton Review names Elon a ‘Green College’

Elon was selected from a group of nearly 700 colleges and universities for the guide for the 10th straight year.

Elon University has been named one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges and universities by The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. Published Oct. 22, the ranking can be accessed at

The profiles in the guide provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

Elon has been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges for each of the 10 years the guide has been published.

The Princeton Review chose schools based on data from a survey of nearly 700 four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitment to the environment and sustainability. Inclusion in the publication required a “green rating” of 80 or more.

Elon earned a “green rating” of 90 out of a possible 99.

“These schools are standouts for their exemplary commitments to sustainability,” said Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. “With initiatives ranging from solar-powered residence halls and tray-less dining halls to robust offerings in environmental studies, they are, each in their own ways, outstanding institutions for students seeking to study and live at a green college.”

Franek noted that college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among nearly 12,000 teens and their parents that The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2019 “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 64 percent overall said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.